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September 20, 2019   
Upcoming Events
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• 09/27 — 3rd ANNUAL YFP LEADERSHIP SUMMIT, D&D Technologies - Huntington Beach, CA
• 11/4 – 11/8 — AFA UNIVERSITY - Arlington, TX
• 12/6 — AFA CFCA MEETING - Martinez, CA
• 12/6 — AFA TEXAS CHAPTER Q4 MEETING - San Antonio, TX
The next issue of Fencepost magazine will be out soon, so now's the time to catch up on the July/August issue if you haven't already. Each issue of  Fencepost is archived online so you can easily access all of the industry features, member news, AFA updates and more, with the click of a mouse.
In the July/August issue:
• Wood With a Purpose: Building Fence Made to Last
• Playground Fencing Gets a Second Look
Start Reading.
US Fence Solutions
DoorKing, Inc.
D&D Technologies’ New SHUT IT® VersaWeld & Face Mount Gate Hinges
D & D Technologies (USA), Inc.
New VersaWeld gate hinge can be welded to flat or round surfaces. New Face Mount gate hinge opens to a full 180° in one direction for unobstructed passage. Both hinges manufactured with exclusive maintenance-free high-temperature sealed bearings, safe to powder coat with hinges installed on gate. Click here to learn more about SHUT IT® hinges
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AFA's Education Foundation
The AFA Education Foundation (AFAEF) is pleased to announce that five scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded at FENCETECH 2020. Current industry professionals and members of their immediate families who are planning to attend a university, college or trade school and meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to submit a scholarship application.

Access the application here

Applications are due on Friday, December 6, 2019.

We are also pleased to announce that the AFAEF is also providing five scholarships to the upcoming 2019 AFA University in Arlington, Texas.

Direct questions to
Association News


If you have NOT registered to save your seat at the AFA Young Fence Professionals (YFP) Leadership Summit in Huntington Beach, CA on September 27, D&D Technologies still has a few spots left in their training room. With leadership training from industry trailblazers, round table discussions on various workplace challenges moderated by industry game changers, and a generationally diverse panel discussion, the future leader in you does NOT want you to miss this event!
Interested in finding out more about what YFP is? Check out this one pager we created by CLICKING HERE.

Friday, September 27, 2019
D&D Technologies | 7731 Woodwind Dr. Huntington Beach, CA
Training 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM | YFP Retreat 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event is hosted/sponsored by D&D Technologies and FREE to attendees. Space is LIMITED; only attendees that RSVP will be allowed to sit for the training and attend the retreat.
AFA must guarantee a certain number of hotel rooms in order to hold FENCETECH each year within the official FENCETECH hotel block. By staying at an official FENCETECH hotel, you help us avoid costly penalties and keep your costs down.
In order to make sure that we do not have empty hotel rooms, we are requiring that all attendees register for FENCETECH 2020 first in order to confirm your attendance. In your conference registration confirmation email will be a link to book one of the FENCETECH 2020 hotels.
Registration and housing will open later in September. To be the first to know that it is open, visit and enter your email to be notified when registration opens.
If you have any questions about our new policy, please email
Are you interested in attending one of our three AFA University schools this year: Fence Contractor Business School, Fence Installation School, or Operator Installer School? The University continues to fill more quickly than last year and we will likely have a sell out in one or more schools, so register today to confirm your space.
To find out more about each school and the scholarships that are available, visit the AFA University and individual school webpages at:
Fence Contractor Business School is the perfect opportunity for top managers or owners of fence contracting businesses to step up their management game.
This school, a part of AFA University, teaches the business side of fence contracting to fence experts, enabling participants to be as effective in management as they are in the fence trade. Fence Contractor Business School is ideally suited for individuals who own or manage a fence contracting business, or are being groomed to take over a company in the future.
Nominate a deserving individual for an AFA Association Award! The Association Awards recognize members who are committed to the industry and contribute to the work of the AFA.
Tell us who should be awarded Ambassador, Distinguished Service, Contractor of the Year, Hall of Fame, Manufacturer of the Year and an Outstanding Service Award by submitting a nomination. The information about each Award and the eligibility criteria is outlined on our website.

The deadline for nominations is 11:00 PM central time on Friday, December 6, 2019.
The PRO Awards recognize AFA members who have created and installed amazing fence projects from the past year. Help us identify the best of the best by nominating your company or your peers for a PRO Award.
The PRO Awards recognize the best commercial and residential jobs for the past year in the following categories: multi-use (combination of 2 or more categories), access control, chain link, deck/rail, farm/ranch/agriculture, ornamental, wood, or vinyl.

Nominees must be AFA members in good standing. There is a $10 submission fee per nomination. The deadline for nominations is 11:00 PM central time on Friday, December 6, 2019.
AFA friends! If you're in the St. Louis area, our friends from the National Ornamental & Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA) have invited AFA members to NEF PRO: How to Find, Hire and Keep the Right Personnel. If you're an AFA member, you can attend at the member rate!
To learn more and get registered, visit:
WESTECH VINYL FENCE SYSTEMS – Love your fence for life!
Westech Building Products
You already know the benefits of vinyl fencing: • No sanding, painting, or sealing necessary • High durability • Low maintenance • Resistant to rot and pests. So why choose a Westech vinyl fence system? • National sales and distribution network • Reliable installation support • Fast customer service • Lifetime transferrable warranty - With a Westech vinyl fence system there are almost unlimited options for customization, including our new Forest Collection with variegated coloring to mimic real wood.
Click here to learn more
Chapter News
Your Texas Fence Association is always working to help its members. In doing so, we are proud to be sponsoring one lucky member to go to AFA University this year on the week of November 4th. If you or someone in your company would like to take Fence Contractor Business School, Fence Installation School or Operator Installer School offered by AFA this week, the TFA would like to help! To apply, click here.
The deadline for applications is September 30th. For more information on AFA University, click here.

The TFA also gives out scholarships every year to the children of TFA members and their employees. If you have a child enrolling or already enrolled in higher education in 2020, have them apply for the AFA Education Foundation scholarship. All TFA students applying for an AFA Education Foundation scholarship will automatically apply for a TFA scholarship. One application, two chances for a scholarship! Apply today at
Come join fellow AFA members at the beautiful Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA this October. The event will be full of activities to expand your knowledge adn understanding of the industry through education and testing, and networking with other members from around the region. Plus, challenge yourself or a friend to axe throwing!
Registration deadline is next week!
• Thursday, October 3 - Education Classes Begin & Axe Throwing Activity
• Friday, October 4 - Education, Certification Testing, Zipline Activity, AFA Welcome Reception
• Saturday, October 5 - Golf Tournament, Paint & Pinot, AFA Closing Reception and Dinner

In the late evening gather around the fire pit or perhaps grab a lawn chair and gaze up at the stars as your enjoy the surroundings of the Pacific Northwest during your stay at Skamania Lodge.

We anticipate this event to be SOLD OUT, so be sure to sign up for the events you want to attend!
For questions please contact Brad Howard (, Dave Cochenour (, or Jennifer Warr (
International Gate Devices
Naylor Association Solutions
Member News
CertainTeed Saint-Gobain returned to Fox & Friends this month for the morning show!
Skip Bedell demonstrated how to maximize curb appeal and discussed how to utilize CertainTeed products as a system to protect against the elements.
D&D Technologies is pleased to announce the addition of a new powerful hinge-closer option to their SureClose® ReadyFit® line: the SURECLOSE® 180⁰. A patented two-part hydraulic hinge and closer system efficiently self-closes and soft-closes gates up to 180 lb from a complete 180⁰ swing. This allows the user to fully open heavy gates for unobstructed passage. The system is designed to maximize the life and performance of the SureClose® 180⁰ by reducing stress and wear on components. The system has been tested to over 500,000 open/close cycles on a 180-lb. gate in real-world conditions.
The system's built-in anti-back slam feature gradually slows opening gate speed after 90°, preventing damage from aggressive openings. Available in aluminum or steel and both bolt-on and weld-on versions, the SureClose 180⁰ is ADA-Compliant, installs with anti-tampering hardware and provides vertical and horizontal adjustability as well as adjustable closing/opening force with a precision snap-action latch.
For more information, visit
Texarkana Fence recently announced that is preparing to lead off construction efforts to restore Grim Hotel in Downtown Texarkana. The $25 million renovation is slated to start in late September. Look for further updates as construction progresses.
For information on this project or any other projects Texarkana fence is currently working on, visit
Hoover Fence announced this month that it will now offer standard 5/16" x 1-1/4" size & common 3/8" hinge sizes bolts and nuts that are colored to match their color chain link fence systems.

Hoover noted that the new color options are designed to mitigate the need for touching up galvanized nuts and bolts with spray paint.

Visit Hoover Fence online to learn more about the new options.
Ameristar Fence Products has added the Exodus Egress Gate system to its product lineup. The system is designed to minimize the number of trips to a jobsite, and features the full range of panic exit device hardware. It is available in both Single and Double Swing, and has non-removable pins and power transfer components to ensure a more secute gate to protect against forced entry or vandalism.
Exodus is crafted in three mounting options and six infill options, and meets IBC Group 102 Egress Requirements.
To learn more, visit the Exodus system page on Ameristar's website.
New Member Savings Program Partners
Benefits of the AFA Savings Program: HOTELEngine
Members say membership in our Group Purchasing Organization is a true "No Brainer."
Through our buying group alliance (made up of over 150 associations) we have been able to negotiate national pricing on many products and services which you are already using.
This month's featured savings opportunity: HOTELEngine
Welcome New Members
AFA extends its thanks to the following members who have recently joined the association as first-time members. Welcome to the AFA family!
Thank You Renewing Members
AFA extends its thanks to the following members who have recently renewed their existing membership. We're glad you're part of the AFA family!



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